“Still a Lot That I Want to Accomplish”: Kevin Anderson Sets High Goals Despite Injury Troubles




Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson is aiming to find his old rhythm despite injury setbacks in the last 15 months. The 34-year-old has recently put in some decent performances. He is ranked 86th and will end his 2020 season by playing in the Rolex Paris Masters.

Kevin Anderson at ATP Vienna 2020
Kevin Anderson in action during his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev. Credits: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

However, recurring knee injuries have hampered Kevin Anderson’s momentum in the recent past. Regardless, the South-African is optimistic about playing at the highest level for the next few years.

“It’s an ongoing project given where I’m at, my age and everything, but I feel like my motivation and what I’m trying to still do in this sport, there’s still a lot that I want to accomplish.”

Kevin Anderson on his knee injury and training

Anderson hopes that his injury problems are sidelined and he can move forward. But recently, Anderson retired midway through his semifinal match against Andrey Rublev in Vienna. It seems to be a precautionary measure from the player who is looking ahead at this week’s Paris Masters.

“I need my knee to give me that opportunity for the next several years. Obviously, health is the biggest priority right now, but the last couple of matches it’s felt really good so that’s a very good sign.”

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Kevin Anderson walks off court after retiring against Andrey Rublev at Vienna Open. Credits: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Despite his knee troubling him since 2016, Anderson has managed two Grand Slam finals since then. He reached his first Grand Slam final at US Open in 2017 and his second Grand Slam final came at Wimbledon in 2018. Anderson has his goals set and is highly motivated to perform.

“We were training. We somewhat reduced it at the beginning, just from a load management, but the whole team, the whole directive, is helping me to achieve my goals, which is to get back and go further than what I have accomplished already. I’ve set big goals for myself. It’s a process to get there, but my motivation is definitely as high as it’s ever been.

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Kevin Anderson in action against Daniil Medvedev at Vienna Open. Credits: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Kevin Anderson will play Laslo Djere in the Paris Masters’ first round. If Anderson wins the contest, he will play Daniil Medvedev in the next round, whom he defeated in the quarterfinals of the Vienna Open last week.

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